Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Unique Experiences in Iceland

Iceland - it will leave you speechless and turn you into a storyteller

The thing with Iceland is, it offers you one breath-taking sight after another and you are left enraptured, not knowing that your soul will linger in the afterglow of the experiences - experiences of gushing waterfalls, bubbling springs, galloping horses, majestic mountains, daunting volcanoes, melting ice and dancing lights in the sky.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Discovering Iceland through Folklores and Sagas

As I stepped off the plane onto the tarmac at Keflavik Airport I was met with cold wind and rain, and right there was my first introduction to Iceland's formidable climate. Over the course of next few days I happened to see the most beautiful and awe-inspiring dawns, and also stood cold and shivering on stormy nights, all in the name of an Icelandic experience.

Barren and remote, this island on the edge of the Arctic circle was discovered by Norwegian exiles as they set sail in their viking ships possibly fleeing conflict in their own lands. It is said that the first permanent settlers in Iceland were a Norwegian chieftain named Ingólfr Arnarson and his wife. They made home in a place he named Reykjarvík "Smoky Bay", probably due to the steam rising from the several hot springs around. Today we know it as Reykjavik - the capital and the largest city of Iceland.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Postcards from Vienna

As I sit at my grandmother's place in Lucknow, triumphing over the fluctuating net connectivity, I yearn for a strong cup of coffee and can't help but fondly reminiscence the cobbled lanes of Vienna and the elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses).

Our visit to the Austrian capital is still fresh in my mind and I find myself walking once again amongst its history, Baroque architecture and the musical geniuses of Mozart and Strauss. The imposing monuments in the city's historic center grab your attention immediately, yet there is also a very relaxed vibe in the neighbourhoods fringing the city centre as youngsters laze on design lounge chairs in the Museum Quarters or stretch their legs beside the Danube canal and enjoy a pint as music fills the air.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blog Together, Blog Better with Team #BlogBusters #Blogbuddy @blogchatter

I started blogging in 2013. After I documented my trip to Kashmir on India Mike I caught the bug of travel writing and started this blog. Till then I had no idea what I was getting myself into. When I started getting comments on my post, I was elated. Each new comment, new reader was met with a gleeful jump and that joy was incomparable.

Slowly that joy withered. I realized there was a game being out on, it was all about scratching other people's backs, visiting their blogs and commenting in order to get a comment on yours. I didn't want to be a part of this, I thought. I would have perhaps given up had I not found Write Tribe, the first blogging community I was a part of, which taught me not only the nitty-gritties of blogging, but also helped me understand what it meant to have your own blogging community. Write Tribe was were I met like minded bloggers like Richa, Corinne, Shilpa, Raj, Sid and many others who are and will forever be my tribe. Write Tribe helped me grow as a writer, equipped me with new tools, helped me reach out to different blogs and amazing bloggers, and above all taught me the importance of sharing and promoting good content.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A walk around Hampstead Heath #LondonDiaries

Overlooking the Hampstead Heath                

Curled up in the freshly trimmed greens 

My hand scribbles in rhythm to the wind 

Captures the nature naked.